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Trailer for The Mummy with Tom Cruise reveals a new world of gods and monsters

Dec 04 // Hubert Vigilla
Makes me wonder if Tom Cruise will make appearances in other Universal Monster Movie universe movies. (The UMMUM, as the cool kids call it. Cool kids meaning me, mostly.) Here's an official synopsis for The Mummy: Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters. The Mummy hits theaters on June 9, 2017. Check out a poster for the film below.
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Run, Tom Cruise, run!
The Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise teased a trailer last week with a short preview and a movie poster. The trailer for the film just dropped, and it looks much darker than the kooky, happy-go-lucky Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser. Also, you get to see Tom Cruise running in this trailer, because of course you do. It's a Tom Cruise movie. Check out the trailer below.

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Snow White

Disney is working on a live-action Snow White too


All live-action everything
Nov 01
// Nick Valdez
Since Disney figured out we're willing to spend the same amount of money on retreads (i.e. Maleficent, Cinderella, Pete's Dragon, and The Jungle Book) as we do on original ideas, the newest wave of giving every one of their a...
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Big Lebowski spin-off

The Jesus Returns: First look at John Turturro's Big Lebowski spin-off Going Places


Until it goes click
Oct 28
// Hubert Vigilla
The Big Lebowski overflowed with memorable characters, from The Dude, Walter, and Donny to known-pornographer Jackie Treehorn and The Dude's awkward landlord. The best of the side characters, though, was John Turturro's Jesus...
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Lion King

Disney working on live-action The Lion King remake


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Sep 28
// Nick Valdez
As pretty much everyone guessed after seeing Jon Favreau's technical marvel, The Jungle Book, Disney is indeed moving forward with a live-action adaptation of the animated classic, The Lion King.  Confirming on their web...

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Heathers TV pilot

A Heathers TV pilot has been ordered by TV Land--yes, that Heathers


This is so very
Sep 09
// Hubert Vigilla
Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is one of the great cult movies of the 1980s. It's a pitch black dive into the worst aspects of high school and its clique mentality. Heathers was adapted into a s...
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Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes possibly tapped for live action James and the Giant Peach


Next up in Disney's live action crusade
Aug 26
// Matthew Razak
As we all know Disney is on a relentless quest to turn their animation adaptation into live action movies. And considering that the likes of Maleficient, The Jungle Book and Cinderella all did gangbusters it makes s...
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Poster for new Ducktales series full of ducks and tails


Life is like a hurricane, full of remake
Jul 21
// Matthew Razak
Ducktales is coming back because there's nothing original anymore. In fairness, if there is any Disney property I'd like to see back in from the heyday of their Saturday morning cartoon glory it's probably Ducktales, and...
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Magnificent Seven trailer

The new Magnificent Seven remake trailer feels like a rompy riff on the source material


Playing cowboy in a cowboy movie
Jul 19
// Hubert Vigilla
John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven was an excellent riff on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, full of distinct characters, solid performances, and that memorable theme song. I was a bit skeptical about Antoine Fuqua helming a ...
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Power Rangers

SDCC Power Rangers movie character posters have colors


Morphing, right? That's what they do?
Jul 14
// Matthew Razak
Nick made me post these. They have primary colors in them (along with others) and are probably the teaser for a trailer landing soon. 
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What? You gotta admit it's catchy.
I'm still weirded out by the fact that Disney is making adaptations of their adaptations of famous fairy tales, but so far they've been pretty good or even revolutionary so let's roll with it. The next one up is Bea...

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Jungle Book

Jungle Book character posters full of actors


Idris Elba is sexy with a tiger
Mar 21
// Matthew Razak
When you've packed your movie full of famous people but none of them are going to be seen there's only one solution: take dramatic photos of those famous people and put their animal characters with them. Clearly Disney knew t...
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Cabin Fever trailer

Watch the Cabin Fever remake trailer, which looks just like the Eli Roth original


Superfluous remake seems superfluous
Feb 01
// Hubert Vigilla
In 2002, Eli Roth launched his career with Cabin Fever. Now, 13-14 years later, we have a remake of Cabin Fever that looks a lot like, well, Cabin Fever. Give the Cabin Fever remake a look below. While Peter Jackso...
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Force Awakens/New Hope

J.J. Abrams talks Star Wars: The Force Awakens and similarities to A New Hope


In short: I meant to do that!
Jan 11
// Hubert Vigilla
Whether you liked The Force Awakens or not, there's one thing everyone can agree on: Episode VII is very similar to A New Hope and The Original Trilogy. As director J.J. Abrams recently explained, that was by design. "It was ...
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Woooooooo

John Woo's next movie will be remake of The Killer


Also, Big Foot to come out of hiding
Oct 27
// Matthew Razak
Rumors of John Woo's action classic The Killer getting a U.S. remake (because we'd hate to just watch the original) have been occurring since before Flixist even existed. Directors have been attached and then left, a pos...
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Jungle Book Teaser

First trailer for Disney's live action The Jungle Book


Sep 16
// Nick Valdez
While I've been wary of Disney's current affinity for live action takes on their classic animated movies, I have to admit this looks pretty neat. Based more off of Rudyard Kipling's novel than the animated original, the Jon F...

Review: The Transporter Refueled

Sep 04 // Matthew Razak
[embed]219881:42589:0[/embed] The Transporter RefueledDirector: Camille DelamarreRated: PG-13Release Date: September 4, 2015  The Transporter Refueled is basically The Transporter, but with a different actor and four girls instead of one. Yes, there's some minor plot differences, but the general gist is that a professional driver, Frank Martin (Ed Skrein), is called into a job and then gets sucked into some drama he doesn't want to be in. In this case it involves a group of sex slaves led by Anna (Loan Chabonal) and his father Frank Sr. (Ray Stevenson). The premise, much like in the first films, is that this is very against Frank's rules and his personal coda. The problem with that premise is that it's never executed. Unlike in the original film where you felt like Frank was constantly upset by this shift in his life this time around it feels like he's all in from the start. It takes away one of the unique edges that the franchise had and instead of a character you get an archetype. Frank stoically goes from fight sequence to chase sequence on the most predictable path there is. His character never really gets pushed into interesting places, and that makes the rest of the flaws in the film stand out even more. Of course part of the charm of the original character was what Jason Statham brought to the role. Skrein brings none of it. Statham's charm, wit and style are replaced by what appears to be a very handsome wood carving. Skreim lacks the every-man demeanor that Statham brings to a role and that means that his Frank Martin is just boring. It doesn't help that he clearly doesn't have the fighting skills to handle the role. He's slow in the sequences he's in and the director has to overly rely on quick edits to make it seem like fights have impact. Not that Camille Delamarre (another failed Luc Besson protege) does very much with his directing. There are admittedly some fantastic ideas for fights and action sequences in this film, but Delamarre can't piece them together no matter how hard he tries. Chases are disjointed to the point of confusion leaving them uninteresting despite copious amounts of flipping cars. A fight sequence in an enclosed hallway with small drawers on its walls is completely wasted while the premise of Frank fighting along side his slowly moving car is awesome, but never executed in a way that makes it feel so. I made the horrible mistake of watching Mad Max: Fury Road the night before this. It was like watching the London Symphony Orchestra perform and then listening to a five-year-old smash his hands into a Casio keyboard. That's clearly not a fair comparison. Comparing anything to the best action movie ever isn't fair, but I'll do it anyway because we should start expecting more.  The film never commits to a style of action either. Switching randomly between a serious car chase movie and ridiculous uber-action, the movie just feels awkward all the time. When some sort of physics defying stunt occurs it feels out of place instead of awesome. If you're going to be ridiculous be ridiculous. Don't try to be grounded and then have your hero fly off a jet ski through a car window with pin point accuracy. Also, jet skis aren't cool. They're never cool. As an action film Refueled fails pretty hard, but it's even worse in terms of its treatment of women characters. Not to keep bringing up Mad Max, but this is the exact opposite of how that film perfectly pulled off a plot about kept and abused women. The four fleeing sex workers in Refueled were all kidnapped as children and forced into the trade. The movie attempts to turn their story into one of triumph over an evil doer, but they're still basically there as sex objects for Frank and his father to play with. What's the first thing these abused women do when Frank helps them escape? They show up in lingerie and reward him with sex. Haven't we moved past crap like that? Do we really need some empty love story just so we can have a sex scene, especially for a character whose entire drive is to be detached. The original at least kept its female "lead" clothed for the majority of the film. This one has them stripping as an older man ogles their body in the first 15 minutes.   Maybe I'm coming down incredibly harsh on The Transporter Refueled. After all it's just supposed to be a dumb action flick. The problem is it can't even pull that off. It's failure at even being popcorn fun opens it up to deeper and deeper ridicule. Honestly, we should expect more from our action flicks anyways. The world of action cinema has improved drastically since the original film released and yet this franchise seems to be going in reverse.
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Empty tank
Many people brush off the Transporter films as crappy, but the first two are actually great examples of 2000s action. The first was around for the birth of the cheap European action flick. Taken also falls into...

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Crosses fingers for standalone Quailman
Remember the 90s? Of course you do. Hollywood has been milking them and the 80s for the past decade, but the nostalgia factor of millennials is just taking over television and what better place to start than the Nickelodeon c...

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YOINKS

Theatrical release animated Scooby-Doo movie in the works


You pesky kids
Aug 17
// Matthew Razak
At some point we all had to admit to ourselves that Matthew Lillard, the man born to play Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, had aged out of the role. Thanks to that we all knew that no more live action Scooby-Doo films would be coming....

Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Aug 14 // Matthew Razak
[embed]219771:42550:0[/embed] The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Director: Guy RitchieRated: PG-13Release Date: August 14, 2015  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is an old school, James Bond, spy thriller. Quite literally, really. Instead of updating the premise of the show -- an American and Russian spy team up to fight world threats -- to meet modern times they simply went back to the cold war setting of the show. Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is an American spy and master thief and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) is basically his Russian counterpart, but he's better at beating people up. They're teamed up to rescue a nuclear scientist from the hands of an evil Italian fascist named Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki). The plot involves his daughter Gaby (Alicia Vikander) and more fashion, travel and quick one-liners than three Bond films put together. Of course the basis for a film like this has to be the chemistry between its leads. Hammer and Cavill can both easily handle sharp dialog and dressing well, but can they do it together? The answer turns out to be: if they work on it. The chemistry is a little rocky at first, especially since everyone in the film has clearly been told to overplay their adopted accents. The two seem wary of each other for the first half of the film until they fall into a solid patter. Maybe that was intentional, but it makes for a first half that feels a bit awkward, especially with Vikander thrown into the mix as Hammer's love interest. What helps it along is Guy Ritchie's direction (some words I never thought I'd be saying). The film is free over his usual over indulgences or maybe they just fit into the glamorous setting better. The movie feels smooth and stylish throughout and almost has a rhythmic flow to it that ramps up the feeling of a classic 60s spy film. He paces his action surprisingly well and often completely ignores it in favor of a solid gag or split screen montage. It's quite an adept piece of work that feels unique in a summer of action blockbuster that stood out for great stunts, but not so creative direction.  The screenplay isn't quite as suave, though Ritchie tries to imbue it with a little more tension than it deserves. It features twists and turns aplenty, but they don't always pay off as they should. The movie attempts to do what I'm going to call micro-twists. Instead of one big twist (there is one of those too) a scene will be a twist in itself. Multiple times we're shown only half of a sequence only to be filled in minutes later on the rest of what happened. It's an interesting execution and definitely works sometimes. Other times it feels forced, as if Ritchie were trying to add drama to a scene that wasn't working. As a film reviewer it was just interesting to watch it being executed, as a basic audience member I could see it getting annoying. What isn't annoying is that when the movie is clicking it's just plain fun. Once you realize that Cavill's pin-point perfect American accent and Hammer's resoundingly stereotypical Russian are indications that this film is as much a send up of 60s spy thrillers as it is an homage things start working really well. There's a certain je ne sais quoi to the Connery Bonds and their likes from the time period that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. actually grasps at every so often. Considering that most films can't even come close every so often is pretty damn good.  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. concludes in such a way that it's pretty obvious that they want another franchise (where this leaves Ritchie for directing another Sherlock Holmes movie is anyone's guess), but I think it's just a little too quirky to get the audience to come. That might be a good thing in the end. The movie feels like something from out of the past, especially with its lackluster plotting. It's smooth and crammed with tight dialog. It forgoes big action for clever direction. It focuses on the spies and not the toys, even if it isn't so good at the spy thing. It isn't always successful, but when it works  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a film out of its time.
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Smooth operator
Does anyone below the age of 60 have super fond memories of the original TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? I'm sure they're out there, but the new movie remake can't really be hitting on the nostalgia gas that hard when half t...

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Sword in the Chest

Disney also working on live action Sword in the Stone remake


More like Sword in the Chest
Jul 21
// Nick Valdez
Just after announcing their plans for a live action Aladdin prequel, Disney is literally just redoing all of movies now. Why not Aristocats next? Or a super depressing Fox and the Hound? Hell, give me a live action Goof Troop...
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The Crow

The Crow remake loses its lead, Jack Huston


And just like that our goth dreams die
Jun 16
// Matthew Razak
Man, am I getting tired of writing articles about The Crow remake hitting a snag, but every time we think we're finally on our way we once again run into a problem. Jack Huston, the guy who was tapped to play the title c...
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Can ya smell what Jack Burton is cookin'
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is currently in negotiations to star in a remake of John Carpenter's 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. The screenplay for the film will be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, ...

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See Poltergeist early and free


Washington DC and Baltimore screenings
May 15
// Matthew Razak
When it comes to remakes I'm not sold on Poltergeist at all. The original still stands on its own and updating it makes little sense. They're doing it, though, so we should probably watch it. It could be scary and now yo...
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Pinocchio

Disney also making a live action Pinocchio


No strings attached
Apr 09
// Nick Valdez
Cartoons are getting live action remakes so often, we're going to need a new term for it. I'm thinking "live-actioning." Not the easiest word to say, but I'll just keep using it until someone suggests a better one (do so in t...
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Winnie the Pooh is now getting the live-action Disney treatment


They'll guzzle up the very thing you prize.
Apr 03
// John-Charles Holmes
Hot off the heels of Beauty & the Beast, Mulan, and Tim Burton's Dumbo, Disney has announced yet another property to give a live-action adaptation-- Winnie the Pooh. The film will be written by Sundance film maker, Alex R...
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Disney Developing Live Action Mulan


With all the strength of an etc etc.
Mar 31
// Jackson Tyler
Amy always hated the boardroom. It had the smell of cheap air freshener mixed with expensive furniture, the only trace of the minimum wage cleaners who worked tirelessly through the night so she could work tired during the da...
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Bradley Cooper to make directorial debut with A Star is Born remake


A Director is Born
Mar 25
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Bradley Cooper may finally step behind the camera to allow new faces a opportunity to shine and be handsome on-screen, as he is currently in talks to make his directorial debut with a remake of the 1937 classic, A Star is Bor...
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Sony planning Little Women remake


You can't keep a good woman down
Mar 24
// Matt Liparota
Another day, another Sony reboot. This time around, the studio is looking to once again adapt the Louisa May Alcott classic novel about sisters in the post-Civil War era, Little Women, which was most recently in theaters over...
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Live-action Beauty and the Beast has a release date


Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline join the remake set to release in 2017
Mar 17
// Matt Liparota
If Cinderella is anything to go by, Disney has made a good decision in greenlighting live-action adaptations of its own animated classics. Perhaps Cinderella's box office success over the weekend spurred the company to make a...
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Tim Burton set to direct live-action Dumbo remake


Before you say anything, consider how cool Burton's pink elephant scene would be
Mar 10
// John-Charles Holmes
Disney has announced yet another in its long line of recent live-action adaptions of classic animated films. The upcoming project this time is Dumbo, the classic tale of a big-eared circus elephant who eventually learns to fl...
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Goetz brothers set to direct Martyr remake


Because everyone wants a worse versions, but in English
Feb 09
// Matthew Razak
Martyrs may still be one of the more disturbing films I've ever seen, and it's even harder to decide if I liked it or not. A US remake of the film has been kicking around since the movie debuted in 2008, but it seemed pr...
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Except it's on a plane, because this is the 21st Century
Here's something pretty cool: David Fincher is directing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. It is being written by Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Ben Affleck is involved too. Here's something...

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See Annie early and free


Washington DC, Baltimore and Norfolk screenings
Dec 10
// Matthew Razak
THE SUN'LL COME OUT TOMORROW! BETCHA BOTTOM DOLLAR! Oh sorry, I suppose you came here not to sing along with me and instead to get your passes to see Annie, which is fine, I suppose. You sure you don't want to sing? It'll be ...
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Tony Jaa leaves kickboxer to be replaced by Van Damme


You were upset for part of that title then got really excited
Dec 02
// Matthew Razak
Reboots are better when the aging star of the original show up. It's  fact. I think. Maybe not. However, the Kickboxer reboot is definitely made better by he fact that Jean-Claude Van Damme will be showing up in it....

Review: Dracula Untold

Oct 10 // Matthew Razak
Dracula UntoldDirector: Gary ShoreRated: PG-13Release Date: October 18, 2014 In case the horribly uninspired title of the film didn't tip you off, Dracula Untold is the origin story of everyone's favorite vampire, Dracula (Luke Evans). Supposedly this is the untold origin story of how Vlad the Impaler, prince of Transylvania, became Dracula, prince of darkness. How that is an untold story I'll never know, but maybe they're referring to the fact that they've made it into a sort of superhero origin -- how Dracula got his powers. That's is how the film differs as it casts Dracula as a man who sacrifices his soul in order to save his son and people from the evil Turks.  The plot is almost to be laughed at as it truly only involves Dracula getting his powers then kicking butt, struggling with love and then kicking more butt. But man, does he kick some butt. The movie plays with itself just fine, turning the vampire into an action hero who kills an entire army why flitting in and out of a cloud of bats. They're clearly trying to make their own blockbuster hero universe with this as Dracula is far closer to some sort of Batman/Aquaman (control of animals of the night) thing than your classic take on him. If that sounds appalling to you then stay away. There are some seriously great one-liners in this move that are delivered with an earnestness that's actually quite impressive for how stupid the thing is. Somehow the film ends up being fun to watch as Dracula tears through armies of Turks. There's also some horribly cheesy yet fantastic visuals that pop up throughout the film, like a slow motion fall as Dracula, half bats/half man, tries to catch his wife from falling to her death. It is a great ball of melodrama in one shot and it works because how else are you going to do something this ridiculous? What is odd is that director Gary Shore, who has only done one short before this, is terrible at putting together his action sequences. They're choppy and hard to see, which is too bad because Dracula's flying/fighting antics would be incredibly awesome to watch with a more competent director at the helm. It's unclear why the film looks so dark since almost every shot has a digital background and they could have lightened it up easily, but it is a major determent to the stupid fun you should be having. With a better director that had a bit more skill Dracula Untold could have been a camp classic like the Universal monster films that inspired it. Instead it's just a bit of dumb fun. Dumb should really be stressed here. There are plot holes in the film that you can't even begin to think about without wanting to gnaw your arms off in frustration. Almost every aspect of it is designed around whether or not a shot will look cool. At one point Dracula (then Vlad) returns to the gave where he previously found the vampire who will change him. When he and his compatriots arrived there before it seemed like an easy climb. Upon returning he's shown in full armor pulling himself up a cliff to get there, cape billowing behind him. It's all for the sake of style and that style can pay off, but man does it lead to some dumb plotting. Where does that leave us with Dracula Untold? One of the most solid matinee/rental recommendations I've given all year. It is not a good movie or a great one, but there's plenty of entertainment and visual eye candy to enjoy. Expecting something from this film will ruin it for you, going in expecting nothing will mean you have a great time.  
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You probably think this movie sucks
Everyone listen. I'm going to pretty much surprise the crap out of you because by writing the next sentence I'm surprising the crap out of myself. I enjoyed Dracula Untold. I know. You've probably just decided that maybe you ...

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Popeye

Here's a stunning first look at the CG animated Popeye


Sep 19
// Nick Valdez
If you were at all worried about the state of Genndy Tartakovsky's (the man who brought us Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack) take on Popeye, there's no need to worry anymore. Although this first foot...
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Summer Remake

We're getting another I Know What You Did Last Summer


Sep 16
// Nick Valdez
I Know What You Did Last Seventeen Years Ago was a big hit when it first arrived in 1997 during Kevin Williamson's golden age where he wrote scripts for films like Scream and The Faculty. And as such, it did well enough to ge...
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Denzel Washington to star in Magnificent Seven remake


Reuniting with director Antoine Fuqua and a whole lot of awesome
Sep 10
// Matthew Razak
A remake of The Magnificent Seven has been in the works for years now with Tom Cruise at one point attached (maybe he still is). But with Tarantino getting ready to drop The Hateful Eight, a Tarantino homa...
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Taylor Kitsch wanted for Raid remake


Horribly needless remake becomes even more horribly needless
Aug 05
// Matthew Razak
Every time I get reminded that they're remaking The Raid I want to punch everything in the face. It takes days to block this travesty out of my mind again, and now it'll take even longer since they're evidently casting s...
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Disney's Jungle Book picks newcomer for lead


He'll be the only live action actor on screen
Jul 15
// Matthew Razak
No pressure 10-year-old Neel Sethi, but for your first role ever you're going to have to carry a big budget Disney movie based on a beloved book and animated film. Good luck. Judging from your photo you at least have the comp...

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